• Offered by Research School of Earth Sciences
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Earth and Marine Science
  • Areas of interest Earth and Marine Sciences
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Prof Phil Cummins
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2015
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This course combines state-of-the-art knowledge from geology, geophysics, geochemistry and other fields of earth sciences to understand the natural processes that have hazardous impacts on society. This course focusses on soil hazards, landslides, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, floods, tropical cylcones, severe weather, bushfires and coastal hazards. Further, the impact of climate change on these hazards is discussed.

Lectures in this course are designed as an introduction to the topic and provide students with the scientific principles that underpin each of the major natural hazards. Practicals and one-day fieldtrips (free of charge) are used to illustrate and discuss aspects of each hazard and train hazard and risk assessment practise. Discussion sessions focus on recent scientific findings published in peer-reviewed journals and will train critical reading, thinking and analytical skills.

Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

• Analyse and explain the temporal and spatial distribution of the most devastating natural hazards throughout the world, (LO1)

• Identify the most effective measures to monitor and mitigate these hazards, (LO2)

• Design, undertake and communicate a basic hazard and risk assessment. (LO3)



Indicative Assessment

Written reports based on the practicals and performance in online quizzes (40%; LO 1-3)  

-Final paper (in the format of a scientific paper) (40%; LO 1,2)  
-Presentation of a scientific journal article (15%; LO 1,2)  
-Participation in class discussion during lectures, student presentations of journal articles, field trips, laboratory practicals, (5%; LO 1-3)




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Workload

One 3 hour lecture and one 2 hour practical/fieldtrip per week. Students are expected to spend an average of a further 5 hours per week on work related to the course.



Prescribed Texts

Keller and DeVecchio (2012) Natural Hazards: Earth's Processes as Hazards, Disasters, and Catastrophes, 3rd Edition, Prentice Hall.      




Preliminary Reading

Recommended preparatory reading: Press and Siever ‘Understanding Earth’ or Kump et al. ‘The Earth System’.

Assumed Knowledge

EMSC6107   Basic knowledge of geoscience.



Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3096
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
3235 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person

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